Historic Missouri-Pacific Caboose Damaged by Fire

The Temple Railroad & Heritage Museum Foundation is leading a “Buy a Brick” fundraiser to raise money for restoration on our historic Missouri-Pacific Caboose which was damaged by fire in early 2015.  You can help the project by purchasing a personalized, engraved walkway brick to be installed on the walkway near the caboose.

On January 18, 2015, three pre-teens illegally entered the museum’s caboose and ignited a fire. While Temple Fire and Rescue responded to the blaze quickly, the damage to the all-wood interior of the train car was extensive. After much research and discussion about the future of the caboose, the concept of turning the caboose into a reading & party room was born. The caboose will be transformed into a fully compliant ADA accessible reading and party room that will provide indoor and outdoor space for a variety of functions. During the week, children will be able to utilize the space to read books or study, while on weekends, the space will be available to rent for a party area.

The Museum Foundation has partnered with the Temple chapter of the NAACP to fundraise and provide labor for this project. Volunteers and museum staff have already been working to restore the exterior of the caboose. The smoke damage to the interior has been abated, so any additional funds raised will be used to complete the deck area around the caboose, the ADA ramp, and complete work on the interior.

You can help!

By simply making a tax deductible donation, you can help us complete this great project! Alternatively, you can buy a brick, which will include your own personal inscription on a 4″ x 8″ brick for just $50! To order your brick, complete the form below, along with the first 3 lines of text in the boxes provided.

Larger bricks are also available and can be personalized with an inscription or company logo! These bricks are 8″ x 8″ and allow for up to 6 lines of text. To order your larger brick, complete the form below, along with all of the lines of text in the boxes provided.

You can also become a Temple Railroad & Heritage Museum Foundation business partner by contributing a minimum of $500! This donation will include an 8″ x 8″ brick with your personal inscription, recognition on the Foundation website and Facebook page, a link to your website and recognition in the RRHM Hall of Fame located in the lobby of the museum. You will also receive a handsome certificate to display in your place of business!

Bricks will be installed along the walkway behind the Santa Fe Depot. All donations are completely tax deductible. Please call the museum for additional details – 254-298-5172.

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